CHEYENNE – After 22 years, Darren Rudloff will soon be stepping down as Visit Cheyenne’s CEO, and the local convention and visitors bureau’s board of directors has chosen his replacement.
Domenic Bravo will leave his role as a professor at the University of Wyoming to spearhead Visit Cheyenne’s efforts to promote and develop the tourism industry in Laramie County as the new CEO.
And as a current resident of Cheyenne, Bravo said he’s most excited to get to work.
“Cheyenne is such an amazing community,” Bravo said. “We have wonderful assets, with everything from our downtown to our outdoor recreation opportunities, our history, our western culture. There’s just so many things we can market to entice people to come visit us.”
To the position, Bravo will bring a broad range of experience from his time at UW and the Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.
For more than 10 years, he served as the administrator for State Parks and Cultural Resources. He brought that love of the outdoors with him to UW and helped build the school’s new Outdoor Recreation and Tourism degree program. He also helped create the Certified Public Manager program at Laramie County Community College and holds a CPM designation himself.
“I’ve been very fortunate in my career to be in leadership positions and management positions in this industry,” Bravo said.
He has also served on many local and national boards, including as president of the National Association of State Park Directors, and has a master’s degree in Park and Resource Management from Slippery Rock University.
“I was just excited when the opportunity opened up,” Bravo said.
The Visit Cheyenne Board of Directors began their search when Rudloff announced his retirement earlier this year, leaving big shoes to fill. Over the course of more than 20 years, Rudloff has lifted up the tourism industry in Cheyenne and Laramie County through hard work, creativity and collaboration, and Rudloff said he trusts that Bravo will continue that legacy.
“Domenic is well respected, not just in Laramie County, but throughout the state, for his leadership qualities,” Rudloff said.
According to Visit Cheyenne Board Chairman Tony O’Brien, the board chose Bravo because he is a dynamic leader that has a deep understanding of the tourism industry. O’Brien said when Bravo worked for State Parks, he was able to build tourism in that industry. He also said Bravo has management skills will help him be a great leader.
“I think he’s going to create a high level of visibility for Cheyenne and Laramie County,” O’Brien said.
Not only will he bring a different range of experience and skills, but Rudloff said he will also bring a fresh perspective to the organization that will help him make Visit Cheyenne even more successful.
Rudloff said, “He’ll look at our organization with a fresh set of eyes, continue the positive things we’re doing here, and also kick them up a notch and take them to greater heights.”